Do you think it would be possible to tire of looking at the Pacific Ocean from the seat of your motorcycle? I had plenty of time  to ponder that question as we headed south on the PCH. My best guess was ‘no’.

Heading down the PCH

This was our second time riding down the coast from San Francisco. I was happy to find that seeing the blue water crash against the craggy rocks was just as exciting as it had been the first time we made the trek.

All through our 200 mile coastal leg, we rode in and out of silvery fog back into bright blue skies. The air hung cooly, sending a chill across the knuckles of my summer gloves. It was a stark contrast from the blazing heat we’d come down out of at the Lick Observatory.

This day was a little extra special. It was Kenny’s birthday. Though I know he means it when he says he doesn’t want or need anything for his birthday, I always find it hard to really adhere to. Thankfully part of me took great pleasure in knowing that he was spending his day doing something that he loves, in a place that is dear to his heart.

Lucia Lodge Big Sur

I guess you could say that we celebrated the day with a special lunch. We stopped off at the store at Lucia Lodge in Big Sur and each got a ham and cheese croissant. They were found in the freezer cases and came in very unglamorous plastic containers. We heated them up in the well-worn microwave whose digital display numbers were no longer visible. I didn’t have really high hopes, but we were both quite hungry.

Eating lunch at lucia lodge big sur

We took our lunch out back onto the deck and ate overlooking the water. There we were, just the two of us and the sound of rolling waves below. As it turned out, the sandwiches were delicious.

Now, I don’t know if they were really good in the own right or if they were sprinkled with magical sunshine dust that is only found on Highway 1, or if the birthday fairy came along and made a perfect moment for us. Whatever the case may have been, I couldn’t have asked for anything better.

There is something really special about riding the Pacific Coast Highway. If you haven’t done it yet, you owe it to yourself. There are perfect moments just waiting to be had.

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